Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Found it on Pinterest and Actually Did It: Bottle Cap Flower


This time of year is torture for me.  It's cold and I don't like the cold very much at all.  So I go a little stir crazy and start torturing myself even more by starting to plan my garden in January with the full knowledge that I have to wait till April at the earliest.  However, there are a few things I can do for my garden right now that keeps the insanity at bay (who needs therapy when you have a zillion crafts on Pinterest to choose from?).  Anyway, I found this neat Bottle Cap Flower craft on there and thought it would be a great use of the bags of bottle caps I possess.  Yes, bags.  I'm not entirely sure why my husband and I keep all of them, but we do.  I've had ideas in the back of head such as making him an inlaid side table with them for his future man cave or making a neat collage for his cave as well.  This craft however, is for me!

I won't write up my own tutorial since the one I found is well written and easy to follow, so I'll direct you to check out the tutorial here.  I used one of those safety can openers ( it appears the tutorial used one too) that I already had since it keeps the can top flat unlike a regular can opener.  You could also use a top to a jar or pretty much anything sturdy, small and disk shaped.  For my flowers I ended up using 19 caps each since the can tops were the same size, 18 petals and 1 center.  I used jewelry glue since I have tubes of it from gluing bails to make Scrabble tile necklaces.  It held up perfectly and is stronger than super glue.  For the stick on the back I used a trimmed dowel rod that I stained to prevent it from rotting and glued it with Gorilla Glue since the back of the can lid wasn't flush.  They certainly make unique garden art and are easy enough to make several and different sizes as well!

Feel free to pin this using the Pin It button below!

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    1. Thank you! I got blisters from making two but they were fun!

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  2. How fun! What a neat project... great job! :)

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  3. The link didn't work.

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    1. I posted a quick tutorial in a comment below, I hope that helps!

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  4. would u post how to make these the blog has been removed thank u

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    1. I'd post photos if I had them, but you cut the bottom of a can off using one of those safety can openers or use the flat lid of a mason jar for your base. Using heavy duty pliers, fold the bottle caps on three sides to make a petal shape, trial and error will make it easier to do. Then using super glue or E-6000 or similar metal bonding glue, glue your petals around your base starting from the inside and finish with a bottle cap in the center. The number of caps you'll need depends on the size of your base. I used the bottom of a standard can for mine. Glue on a dowel rod for the stick on the back. All done! Hope that helps :)

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  5. Rust over time?

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    1. Eventually I'd assume so, I keep mine inside in my house planters.

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